During the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stepped aside and allowed legendary Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson to announce the Cowboys’ pick. Pearson took full advantage of the opportunity.
The 66-year old Pearson looked like he had plenty of fun announcing the pick and “trolling” the Philadelphia Eagles fans who were in attendance. After all, that was part of the reason why he was so excited to do it.
The wide receiver was on PFT Live Monday morning and told the story of how before he went on stage with Goodell, he asked the Commissioner if he could “trash talk” with the Eagles fans.
“I’m thinking he might say, ‘Oh, no, don’t say anything like that, that might get them too fired up, might cause a riot out there in that crowd.’ But to my surprise, he encouraged me to say that and to get the crowd even more riled up,” Pearson said of his conversation with Goodell.
Pearson received a fair share of boos from the crowd before, during, and after his appearance on stage to announce the pick. In the end, he might have gotten more boos than the Commissioner himself, which is a pretty impressive feat.
The former wideout even told Pro Football Talk the NFL gave him a hefty security detail in case anything happened with either Eagles fans or any other NFL fans, but luckily, he had nothing but boos thrown his way.
At the end of the day, while Eagles fans might not have loved his draft announcement, plenty of people did on Twitter.
Drew Pearson should be in the Hall of Fame just for that draft pick announcement.
— Olin Buchanan (@olinbuchanan) April 29, 2017
Drew Pearson with the most powerful draft announcement of all time!
— America's Team (@RoadToSix) April 29, 2017
Jerry, on Drew Pearson's show in Philly: "He picked a nice place to do it."
— David Helman (@HelmanDC) April 29, 2017
How Drew Pearson pulled up in philly pic.twitter.com/QiLTEj2vnk
— Wenger Out (@Basedchasen2) April 29, 2017
Forget about where they'll hold the 2018 NFL Draft. Drew Pearson must announce a Dallas draft pick.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2017
The original 88 with the greatest pick of all time. This was simply EPIC! https://t.co/kCG3Skz72B
— Michael Irvin (@michaelirvin88) April 29, 2017
— Tony Dorsett (@Tony_Dorsett) April 30, 2017
I hope @88DrewPearson gets some endorsement $$ for yesterday's performance. Will help make up for $150 bonus I gave him as an UDFA in 1973.
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) April 29, 2017
— Rocket Ismail (@iamrocketismail) April 29, 2017
Don't worry #CowboysNation the Original #88 always has your back. Go Cowboys!!!
— Drew Pearson (@88DrewPearson) April 29, 2017